Health Hazard Evaluations (HHEs)

Each month we will update this page to highlight newly released final reports and information on new and emerging hazards we are evaluating. Check back often to see what we are up to!

What's New

A Law Enforcement Officer’s Unintentional Occupational Exposure to Illicit Drugs

Found that a law enforcement officer was exposed to fentanyl during a traffic stop and shortly after experienced disorientation, lightheadedness, and blurry vision. HHE Program investigators recommended the police department follow recommendations for first responders and continue to revise work practices and procedures on the basis of lessons learned from this incident to reduce the possibility of exposure. Read the report:

Indoor Environmental Quality Concerns among Hospital Employees Working in a Radiology Department

Found exhaust particles entering the workspace, air bypassing the filtration systems, and outdoor air intakes at or below ground level. HHE Program investigators recommended improving preventative maintenance on the ventilation systems and working with a mechanical engineer to ensure air supplied to the workspace meets current IEQ guidelines for health care facilities. Read the report:

2017 Health Hazard Evaluation Program Annual Report

The NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Program is pleased to share its 2017 annual report. Our report includes summaries of projects that were interesting and other highlights of our year. We hope the report stimulates conversations about who the HHE Program is and how we make a difference for the health and safety of employees throughout the United States. The annual report is available here:

Page last reviewed: September 28, 2018